As mentioned, On Wednesday night (February 29) JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound opened up for Mavis Stapes at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, IL.

Tom Marker from WXRT (who presented the show) offered up a short recap of the Chicago band's set:

First up was J.C. Brooks and the Uptown sound. This local band from, yes, Uptown Chicago, was an unknown to most of the audience, though J.C. captured their hearts with his dynamic performance, captivating stage presence, remarkable singing talent, charming and engaging personality, and the very tight band. He soon had the seated audience was clapping and shouting and singing along. Before the show Mavis could hear singing from her dressing room and asked who that was? I went to the room next door and brought J.C. and the band over to meet Mavis. J.C. was so excited to meet Mavis and hear from her that she had seen him on a local TV show he could hardly keep himself from jumping up and down.

Were you there? How was it?

Moving on up in the world, the Uptown Sound have just announced that they'll be headlining Metro on April 27 with support from Gold Motel and The Soul Summit DJs. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (March 3), at noon CST.

An updated list of 2012 tour dates is below..

03/04/12: Chicago, IL - Saki Records
03/09/12: Davenport, IA - Redstone Room @ River Music Experience
03/10/12: St Louis, MO - Off Broadway
03/14/12: Austin, TX - Hotel 'Vegan' / BV Chicago SXSW
03/17/12: Austin, TX - Bloodshot Records SXSW Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly
03/20/12: Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
03/21/12: Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
03/22/12: Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
03/23/12: Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
03/24/12: Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
03/26/12: San Diego, CA - The Casbah
03/27/12: Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
03/28/12: San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03/30/12: Seattle, WA - El Corazon
03/31/12: Portland, OR - Holocene
04/03/12: Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
04/04/12: Aspen, CO - Belly Up
04/05/12: Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
04/06/12: Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04/27/12: Chicago, IL - Metro

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